A reporter asked White House press secretary Sarah Sanders about Sen. Jeff Flake's rant before the US Senate on Wednesday, calling the anti-Trump lawmaker's speech a desperate attempt to gain national "attention".
The 2020 election is still over one thousand days away, but President Trump is already floating, and ruling out, possible challengers, Politico reports. "He went to Cuba a few weeks ago and served as a mouthpiece for the oppressive Cuban government", Sanders shot back, referring to Flake's comments earlier this month that there is "no evidence" that the Cuban regime tried to harm us diplomats.
Flake did the same in an op-ed earlier this week and now, the White House is responding. "Jeff Flake is not criticizing the president because he's against oppression", Sanders said, in reference to Flake's comparison of Trump to Stalin. "He's criticizing the president because he has awful poll numbers and he is, I think, looking for some attention", she said.More news: IPhone Update Will Allow Users To Stop Battery Slowdown, Tim Cook Says
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The communist regime in Cuba has denied launching the attacks, putting Flake squarely in defense of the regime's lies as he criticizes President Trump for oppressing American media. He is looking for some attention.
"Give your husbands, your boyfriends her contact information", Sanders said, with Ivanka Trump adding, "We're going to have to send some people your way... my secret skill, matchmaking". I'm standing right here taking questions.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders was then pressed on the recent backlash from fellow Republicans in John McCain and#Jeff flake who criticized Donald Trump for his increased attacks on the media. "The president does so regularly, and to act as if we're anything but open to that back and forth exchange is utterly ridiculous".